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From Old English cuppe, from Late Latin cuppa, probably a form of Latin cūpa (“tub”), from Proto-Indo-European *keup- (“a hollow”). Reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman cupe, from the same Latin source.
cup (plural cups)
- A concave vessel for drinking from, usually made of opaque material (as opposed to a glass) and with a handle.
2013 June 22, “T time”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 68:
- […] a new study of how Starbucks has largely avoided paying tax in Britain […] shows that current tax rules make it easy for all sorts of firms to generate […] “stateless income”: […] . In Starbucks’s case, the firm has in effect turned the process of making an expensive cup of coffee into intellectual property.
- Pour the tea into the cup.
- A US unit of liquid measure equal to 8 fluid ounces, 1/16 of a US gallon, or 236.5882365 ml.
- A trophy in the shape of an oversized cup.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.
- The World Cup is awarded to the winner of a quadrennial football tournament.
- A contest for which a cup is awarded.
- The World Cup is the world's most widely watched sporting event.
- (golf) A cup-shaped object placed in the target hole.
- The ball just misses the cup.
- (US) A rigid concave protective covering for the male genitalia. (for UK usage see box)
- Players of contact sports are advised to wear a cup.
- One of the two parts of a brassiere which each cover a breast, used as a measurement of size.
- The cups are made of a particularly uncomfortable material.
- (mathematics) The symbol denoting union and similar operations (confer cap).
- A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or one of the cards from the suit.
- (ultimate frisbee) A defensive style characterized by a three player near defense cupping the thrower; or those three players.
- A flexible concave membrane used to temporarily attach a handle or hook to a flat surface by means of suction (suction cup).
- Anything shaped like a cup.
- the cup of an acorn
- The cowslip's golden cup no more I see.
- (medicine, historical) A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping.
- That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion.
- Bible, Matthew xxvi. 39
- O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.
- Bible, Matthew xxvi. 39
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- (transitive) To form into the shape of a cup, particularly of the hands.
- Cup your hands and I'll pour some rice into them.
- (transitive) To hold something in cupped hands.
- He cupped the ball carefully in his hands.
- (transitive, obsolete) To supply with cups of wine.
- Cup us, till the world go round.
- (transitive, surgery, archaic) To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping.
- (transitive, engineering) To make concave or in the form of a cup.
- to cup the end of a screw
- odd (not even)
Variant of sup.
- cup (contest)